Mar 01 2018

Turkey to get F-35 jets within a year - Turkish daily

Turkey will take delivery of the first of its F-35 fighter jets within a year, according to Turkish daily Yeni Şafak.  

Turkey has placed orders for 30 of the advanced fighter jets, and intends to order 70 more.

The profits of Turkish firms participating in the joint Strike Fighter (JSF) project, which involves 10 countries and produces various versions of the F-35, are expected to reach $12 billion, says Yeni Şafak.

However, the JSF project has been plagued by delays stemming from technical issues. Turkish involvement has also been threatened by last year's Turkish purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system. This has upset Turkey’s NATO allies, who fear Russia may gain access to U.S. technology used by Turkey.

Last November, U.S. deputy undersecretary of the Air Force for international affairs Heidi Grant said that Turkey’s purchase of the Russian missile system could have consequences for its involvement in the manufacture of F-35 stealth fighter plane fuselages and servicing of the aircraft.